One would think Riot is done with continuously nerfing Zeri at this point. However, this is not the case. Today, Matt "Phroxzon" Leung-Harrison confirmed that Zeri will get yet another nerf in Patch 12.16. But why do they keep nerfing a champion with only a 46% win rate in Solo Queue?
Zeri's Performance in Pro Play
With the regular season finishing in several regions, playoffs are about to start, and players are preparing for this year's Worlds Championship.
Riot Games have been looking at the champions performing above or below average in pro play this season in order to make the game as balanced as possible for the World Championship 2022. As it turns out, Zeri is one of the champions they want to focus on.
As we can see, Zeri is quite powerful and has over 50% win rate in every major region. Even though the win rate isn't as high in the LEC, we witnessed the champion's power during the last week of the regular season, where Upset carried his team to playoffs with her. You can see Upset's Zeri in action from the LEC Superweek 2022 here:
Is Zeri the New Ryze?
Looking at Zeri's stats outside of pro play, she only has a 46% win rate in Solo Queue. This isn't very surprising, considering how many nerfs the champion has gotten since its release. We can clearly see that this nerf is not targeted for your Solo Queue game but for pro play.
This situation isn’t anything new. Ryze, for example, is a champion often seen in pro play but has one of the lowest win rates in Solo Queue because of all the nerfs he has gotten. So basically, Ryze is tough to balance in a way that works for both pro play and Solo Queue, and we are seeing similar patterns now with Zeri.
This nerf being pro-play targeted was also confirmed by Riot's Phroxzon. On his Twitter, Phroxzon announced that the patch with Zeri's nerf will be the first "World's focused patch". It isn't only Zeri that is targeted in Patch 12.16. Also, Yuumi, Draven, and Poppy will be nerfed.
Which Nerfs Can We Expect?
According to the Youtuber Ryscu, Riot August stated there aren't many other nerfs that can be applied to Zeri at this point and that Zeri could receive a gameplay update. On August 17, however, Riot Phroxzon came out with a more detailed update of the patch notes, which showed no signs of a gameplay update yet. So instead, Zeri will receive a nerf on her W AP Ratio, reducing it from 60% to 40%. Also, her Q AD Ratio will be nerfed from 105-125% to 100-120%.
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